The self-deprecating mom advice book is a genre I can get behind, but it’s not always done well. I’m still recommending the edgy Sh*tty Mom series and the offbeat Let’s Panic About Babies, but a lot of the other titles start to run together in my mind, especially after you’ve read as many as I have. However I can honestly say that the new The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting absolutely jumps out from the pack. From Iana Wiles, author of the popular blog Mommy Shorts (and Cool Mom Picks buddy), the book feels like it’s spun off from both her blog and her popular Instagram feeds,...Read More
Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. How adorable are these chocolate dipped ice cream cones for the 4th of July! More easy red white and blue recipes for an Independence Day celebration. 6 fun 4th of July crafts for kids that are safer than sparklers. What you should know before you see Finding Dory. What you hope you don’t see before you see Finding Dory. Amazing campfire recipes that actually make us want to go camping. Thanks for HuffPost for including Spawned among 15 funny podcasts for parents...Read More
Web coolness: Cross-stitch tattoos, a LEGO minifig that’s overdue, and talking to your kids about kindness during a bitter election cycle.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. First, here’s how to follow us on Facebook. It’s been feisty over there lately! Cross-stitch tattoos from an amazing tattoo artist, @evakrbdk Whoa. Wonderful, important essay on talking to your kids about kindness and decency during an ugly election cycle. What to tell your kids instead of “nice try.” Getting more protein into your kids, especially if they’re not big meat-eaters. 10 books that encourage kids to stand up and speak out. Nice seeing some of our own faves on the list, like...Read More
If you’re a fan of great parenting blogs, you may be familiar with the difficult story of our friends Mike and Heather Spohr, of the popular site The Spohrs are Multiplying. They experienced the unimaginable after the death of their daughter Maddie in 2009, and yet they channeled their efforts with so much positivity, eventually creating a successful charity that allowed them to send numerous support packs and needed technology to Level III NICUs around the country. Over time, so many other organizations have started providing similar support, and the Spohrs spent a lot of time determining a new way to make the most difference. So this week, in honor of would have...Read More
Web coolness: Kids on airplanes, Dascha Polanco, and Marvel’s next female superhero. Who is awesome.
Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. There’s still time to leave a comment on this post to donate a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. if you click on any link here, consider making it this one. The kids-only airplane: The answer to semi-monthly outrage about families who deign to travel. A very special R-rated edition of Spawned with Kristen + Liz. Spoiler alert: Lenny Kravitz. Funny read: I’m Not Ill, I Just Have kids, from the author of The Parent Normal. School lunch help is here! If...Read More
Sharing, liking, or commenting on this post donates one life-saving vaccine to a child around the world. Please read on for the full story. One of the most wonderful things about social media is that it gives every single one of us a voice. One of the challenges however, is that sometimes it’s easy to stop at so-called awareness; we may discuss topics and causes we’re passionate about but that doesn’t always translate into tangible action. I get it. We’re all busy, and we’re all guilty of this from time to time. That’s why I’ve been so thrilled to be...Read More
Web coolness: The long lost Dr Seuss book, picky eater help, and one beauty trend we never ever ever want to see. Is that clear enough?
Here’s are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. World’s scariest beauty trend. But, world’s funniest article. A truly refreshing take on parents and school stress at Design Mom. Do you agree? Picky eater help: The top 10 tips from the experts. But do they all work? Our new must-have tech accessory. Want. How to get kids kindergarten ready. It’s National Tequila Day! We might need to make this refreshing twist on a margarita recipe after the kids are in bed. We’re so honored that our co-founder Liz Gumbinner and Cool Mom Picks...Read More
Here are some of the things we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. 15 picture books celebrating great artists, scientists, and writers. (Above: Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People by Monica Brown, Julie Paschkis) Also, 12 fantastic picture books to help talk to your kids about prejudice. Cool summer tech camps for kids. On Cool Mom Eats: 15 awesome camping recipes. We’d go camping just to eat these. Green Gorilla Project: A cool little Indiegogo campaign to deliver school supplies to remote villages. Girls toys v boys toys: A hilarious discussion about what the heck...Read More
One of my favorite go-to blogs for design inspiration, whether it’s a fun kids’ bedroom, an unexpected party theme, or a cool DIY project is Oh Happy Day. Jordan’s impeccable taste and fun use of color just makes me, well, happy. And now that I’m hitting birthday party season in my family — we’ve got four in the next couple months, eep! — I’ll be shopping at her brand new Oh Happy Day party store online. It’s chock full of beautifully curated party supplies from around the world. You can find everything you need for your party here, well, except the cake. (Though we wouldn’t...Read More
Web Coolness: Last minute Mother’s Day help, honest cards, and the poster you want your daughters to see right now.
Here are some of our favorite reads from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Big news coming from Kristen and Liz! Need last minute Mother’s Day ideas? We’re here for you! Lots of free Mother’s Day printables to make the day more special. 25 famous women on their mothers Cheers to moms. Funny! Honest handmade cards for Mother’s Day, like the one at top. One of our favorite blogs just got favorite-r. Why Stephen Colbert wins person of the week. Lovely words about motherhood from… Rachel Zoe. All moms need help sometimes. Even ones...Read More
Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Strong is the New Pretty: Amazing photography by Kate T Parker. Why messy houses might be better than perfect ones. An alternative to social media oversharenting. (That’s a word now, evidently.) Jamie Oliver’s petition to include food education in schools. The revolution against high-stakes testing. Gluten removed from famous works of art, ha Solidarity with Alyssa Milano whose breastmilk was confiscated at Heathrow. Congrats to our friends at Fatherly on the launch of their new parenting site for dads. If...Read More
Web coolness: Children’s books they’ll never make, avoiding smartphone interruptions, and why parents are like serial killers.
Here are the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Laughing at this parenting truth from The Daddy Files. Smart tips for new parents getting back to work after a baby. Yes it’s snowing AGAIN for some of us. Here are 9 awesome hot chocolate recipes to keep you warm. The unexpected extra you may get with your next Starbucks order. Provocative thoughts on underscheduled children. A good reason to start thinking Mother’s Day gifts. A Pixar artist turns R-rated films into children’s storybooks. Ha. 10 women authors to read for Women’s History Month. Tom...Read More
Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Dying over this Foodnited States series. [via bored panda] Travel plans? The statistical geniuses at fivethirtyeight launch a tool to predict flight delays. Analysis of the Apple Watch and New Macbook just for parents. A new way to bring your baby to work. Dad blogging in 1925. Great life tips. Explaining blogging to five-year-olds. Ha. Scary: Must-read letter from top teachers if you live in New York State. Or have a kid in public schools. Hey parents: Stop calling 911 on other...Read More
Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Instagram tattoos! 9 parent bloggers to watch in 2015 from Time Out NY. Honored that Cool Mom Picks is included! Another vote for Amazon Mom to become Amazon Family in honor of a really special dad. If you agree, share your thoughts on social media using #AmazonFamilyUS Great tips for freeing up space on your phone or tablet. Siblings as soulmates. Aw. Do you have trouble saying no? This is a must-read. (Don’t say no!) Watch with your kids: How one Philly pizza shop...Read More
Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. The ultimate list of last minute Valentine’s Day ideas: Recipes, crafts, treats, gift ideas, printables and more. Funny Valentines ecards that it’s not too late to send. 6 marriage truths to consider for Valentine’s Day The first model with Down Syndrome to walk Fashion Week runways. 11 Instagram accounts to make you happy. Could you pare down your closet to a small capsule wardrobe? Have a great story about blogging: Here’s a fantastic way to share it. The drawings of e.e. cummings The most fake childbirth scenes in movies....Read More
I recently tried to figure out how many food blogs populate the internet. The answer: A lot. I couldn’t find an exact number—not a recent one, at least—but it’s big enough to demonstrate that yes, there can be too much of a good thing. With so many food blogs to follow out there, it’s hard to know which you can count on for great writing and reliable recipes, especially for families. To help, I’ve combed all my favorious resources, and put together a list of some of my favorite food blogs to follow in 2015, with a particular focus on...Read More
Web coolness: The top searches of 2014, must-read posts for women, and your funny baby video for the day.
Here’s what we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Theo and Beaux, meet Evangeline. Congrats to our friend Jessica Shyba on her newest photogenic addition. You sure make cute babies! Change the Ratio’s top 14 posts of 2014. Read all of them. You too, men. Watch: Amazing teen-directed short films for a Disney contest including the wonderful Soar and Sock. Resolving to Create a New You by Ruth Chang. Wonderful. Does your kid make something to be proud of? Share it with our friends at Olive Us with a photo or video. The infant seat 2.0. Where was...Read More
Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’ve shown you Frozen snowflakes and Star Wars snowflakes…and now you can cut snowflakes in the shape of Nobel Prize winners with these templates. [via boing boing] Outrage? No way. We’re totally laughing at the Play-Doh “extruder tool” controversy. Before you take down that Douglas Fir, try making easy Christmas tree sachets with the branches. 15 powerful women on how to be more confident. Smart, easy trick for cleaning out your inbox for the new year. Fascinating read: 10 tips for happiness...Read More
Web Coolness: Outrageous gingerbread houses, the best tech toys for kids, and links to help you talk to your kids about race.
Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Outrageous gingerbread houses way nicer than ours (This one: Kapowka on Instagram) The best tech toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Have you entered our holiday gift guide giveaway yet? You’ll want to. A woman in STEM shirt presents an alternative to, uh, That Other Shirt 8 creative hot chocolate recipes for any taste. Can we call it comfort food? More hot chocolate variations via SheKnows. Hanukkah is coming 12/16! Here are 8 fun Hanukkah gift ideas for...Read More
Web coolness: Amazing Thanksgiving recipes, Anna and Elsa have a new career, and celebrities doing an awesome thing.
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. The Thanksgiving countdown begins! Check out the most amazing recipes for mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, fall salads, and perfect pies. 6 cute Thanksgiving treats for the kids. New York’s top food writers debate pie crusts. A sneak peek of the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade floats. 7 easy holiday place setting ideas. Common Sense Media’s Best and worst pop culture moments of 2014. New to our indie shop: I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry print. We need this. Often. New study: Mothers may be...Read More